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Ruth Hoppin

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Ruth Hoppin is the author of Priscilla’s Letter: Finding the Author of the Epistle to the Hebrews and Spinning the Arrow of Time. She is a contributor to the IVP Women’s Bible Commentary and A Feminist Companion to the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews (T&T Clark Intl). You can read more about Ruth’s work here. Ruth is a member of Contemplative Outreach of Northern California. (Photo © John Swanda 2008)

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Marriage and Food: The Intra-Church Struggle Continues—1 Timothy 4:1-5

Lesson 10: “So the false teachers ‘forbid marriage and demand abstinence from [certain] foods’? Is that all the fuss is about? No wild orgies or murderous rampages? Maybe not, but these beliefs have extensive consequences. Theologically, they imply that true Christians will strive for union with a God who is pure spirit. They must leave behind earthy pleasures like sex and ordinary family life, as well as most tasty foods.”